from Isleham Informer / by Mark Stevens
Isleham proved to be the perfect location for the film ‘Wreckers’ earlier this summer
Unless they were hermetically welded to their TV sets for Wimbledon, village residents will have witnessed the troop of lorries, actors and technicians in the centre of the village that fortnight. ‘Idyllic’ Isleham has been singled out by award-winning director Dictynna Hood as the backdrop to her new film which is due for release in the New Year.
Dictynna said that finding an appropriate setting had proven extremely frustrating, and she had visited numerous villages throughout southern England, but could not find the right atmosphere. ‘Isleham is a working village; it is virtually self-sufficient and owns all the hallmarks of a genuine community. It is perfect’.
The film, which was three years in the writing, was shot against the backdrop of village features such as the Griffin pub, Priory Garage, the Priory itself, the Post Office and the surrounding countryside. About 35 technicians and five central actors, as well as a number of local ‘extras’ completed the Isleham filming in ten days, with another 11 days filming in London and other locations. Shot in Super 16, the storyline is broadly described as a ‘moody psychological love story’. Actors include Claire Foy (Little Dorrit), Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement) and Shaun Evans (Telstar). Sightings of Johnny Depp proved, alas, to be unfounded (or at least unrelated).
Speaking to local residents I sensed not only the genuine excitement (and attendant gossip), but also a quiet sense of community pride, and that is how I wanted to record those two weeks.
Speaking to Dictynna last week, it seems that the film is attracting commercial interest. She also promises to make available DVD copies of the production that I know would be treasured by many. Watch this space…